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Scottish AI Alliance Unveils Pioneering ‘Leadership Circle’

Ross Kelly


Scottish AI Alliance
The Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle met for the first time on Monday 7th June.

A host of leading technology experts have been appointed to help Scotland become a leader in the development of ethical, inclusive and trustworthy artificial intelligence technologies.

The Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle brings together leading figures from a broad range of industries, spanning the private, public and third sectors as well as academia.

Part of the Leadership Circle’s key aims will be to deliver the Scottish Government’s artificial intelligence strategy, including the development of the AI Playbook.

The AI Playbook is an open and practical guide from which the public, industry, public sector and academia can understand and unlock the benefits of artificial intelligence.

Gillian Docherty OBE, chair of the Scottish AI Alliance, commented: “We’re delighted with the response to the publication and the breadth and experience of those who applied to join the Leadership Circle.

“We are excited to host our first meeting and the members will bring a wealth of strengths to the Leadership Circle, which will oversee all the work required to deliver the strategy.”

“Significant interest in contributing to the Delivery and Community Circles has also been very welcome and we look forward to delivering on the commitments set out in the Strategy.”

AI Alliance Leadership Circle

The Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle met for the first time on Monday 7th June.

Members of the Leadership Circle are:

  • Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO of The Data Lab and Chair of the Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle
  • Ms Rachel Aldighieri, Data & Marketing Association
  • Dr Christopher Austin, Kheiron Medical Technologies
  • Mr Michael Boniface, Opportunity North East
  • Mrs Catriona Campbell, EY
  • Mrs Joanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
  • Prof David Harrison, University of St Andrews/iCAIRD
  • Dr Ewa Luger, University of Edinburgh/Alan Turing Institute
  • Dr Julie McElroy
  • Ms Sam Rhynas, Effini
  • Prof Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Marian Scott, University of Glasgow
  • Mr Callum Sinclair, Burness Paull LLP


Commenting on the announcement, Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “I am delighted the Alliance’s Leadership Circle has such a dynamic, incisive, international and representative membership to drive forward delivery of our strategy and help further develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years.

“By working together we can maximise the potential economic and social benefits of artificial intelligence and send a strong signal to the world about our ambitions for Scotland.”

Forbes added: “Transforming our economy must be a national endeavour and that is why we have called on anybody who wants to play their part in rebuilding our country.

“The Scottish Government is committed to working in partnership with the entrepreneurs and thinkers, the job creators and the hard workers to help achieve economic transformation.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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